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Candidates make final push to elections


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- At the Black Hawk County Democratic headquarters, you'll find volunteers manning the phones as they try to get voters to the polls this Tuesday.

"Definitely get the vote out.  That's going to be the big push over the next couple of days," said Doris Kelley, (D) Representative for Iowa's 20th House district.

Candidates are also taking to the streets to talk with voters one-on-one about why their vote matters.

"I would say this is your opportunity.  Don't sit home.  This is your chance to make a difference," said Walt Rogers, (R) candidate for Iowa's 20th House district.

And if you're unsure where to vote, the campaigns are making sure to communicate your polling location, too.

"It's at Harvest Vineyard Church," one volunteer told to a caller.

Doris Kelley is currently serving as the Democratic representative for Iowa's 20th House district.  And she's hoping to get re-elected.

"The most frustrating thing is people are trying to make their decision based on what's happening on the national level.  And that's really kind of unfair, because the state of Iowa is doing quite well.  Have we had some rough challenges?  You bet.  And we'll continue to have some rough challenges.  But when you look at the whole picture, we're doing well.  And I'm proud of where we are," Kelley said.

But her opponent, Republican Walt Rogers, thinks he can do a better job, by working to cut state spending.

"These last 2 sessions, the legislature has been spending more than they take in:  $1.14 for every $1 that they take in.  That's the biggest difference.  And we cannot sustain that any longer.  My campaign is about staying within our means, and a smaller, smarter type of government," said Rogers.

But for both candidates, t he most important message now, is simply for people to have their voices heard by stepping into the election booth Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.  Be sure to stick with KWWL, your election headquarters, for complete coverage of the election and its results.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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